2. Linear presentations
Most presentations start at the beginning then each slide is presented one after another in numerical order.
This is called a 'Linear presentation'. Slide 1 is followed by Slide 2 then Slide 3 and so on.
In a linear presentation there is no facility to jump to out-of-order slides.
A linear presentation is very good for imparting facts and figures such as presenting the annual results of the company or summarising a finished project. These kinds of presentation have a minimal amount of audience participation.
The features of linear presentations are:
- Slides are shown in a pre-determined order.
- Slides that jump out of this sequence are not allowed.
- Slides follow an ordered line from the beginning to the end of the presentation.
|Advantages of linear presentations||Disadvantages of linear presentations|
|Predictable, every audience will see exactly the same presentation||Not very interactive with the audience, they cannot change the order of presentation|
|Relatively easy for another person to do the presentation should the author be unavailable as the presentation always runs in the same order||Not flexible in terms of changing the time taken to do the presentation, for instance a presentation planned for 1 hour may now need to be done in half an hour, this is not simple in a linear presentation|
|Simple to prepare handouts as slides are always in the same order||It is apparent to the audience they are not seeing the full presentation if slides need to be skipped|
|Timing of the presentation is very predictable||Can be boring as the audience may have to view slides that happen to be irrelevant to them|
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